As we move into Autumn, we'd like to remind everyone of the warm and cosy pubs on our doorstep! Whether you're more of a "relax on the beach" type, an adventurous hiker or a big family attractions sort of traveller, one thing we all have in common is the appreciation of a fine North Devon Pub!
Renowned for quality local ales, real home-cooked food and an especially warm and welcoming atmosphere, North Devon boats a range of fantastic local pubs for eating and drinking in, whether your visiting us as a family, couple or solo traveller.
Idyllically set in the stunning valley at Brendon, on the edge of the wilds of Exmoor, The Staghunters Inn is the perfect location for exploring the breathtaking wonders of this area of outstanding natural beauty and the magnificent North Devon Coast.
The Staghunters Inn pride themselves on home cooked, quality food sourced locally. You'll also find a wide range of wines and beers at a fair price. We highly recomend the 35 minute journey from Smythen Farm Self Catering Holiday Cottages, especially if you're heading over into Exmoor for the day.
The Poltimore Arms is a traditional, 13th Century pub with a quaint bar serving real ales on tap and whatever the season and we are ideally located for walkers discovering the beauty of Exmoor.
This fantastic pub has no mains electricity which in our opinion adds to it's humble charm! You'll find fantastic food here - and the odd candle-lit meal has been known when the generators broken down!
If the above pubs don't float your boat, check out our page on Where to Eat in Illfracombe for some other restaurants and cafes right on our doorstep - they're all friendly and in our opinion offer good value for money.
“Thanks for a lovely cottages very cosy. Easy to find way to places. Lovely and warm cosy bed. Thanks for a nice quiet place to stay and great to have access to the donkey field and woods down the lane for easy walks. Pool great and very warm. Woolacombe and Saunton Sands great for open space.
Great location to Explore North Devon.Thanks again
Tescos not far away.
Sawmills very good for food.
We had a brilliant week here at Smythen Farm, with beautiful views. The children enjoyed the swimming pool which was lovely and warm. The play area was a great hit as was the visit from Bill and family to drop off Easter Eggs. We were made to feel very welcome by Bill and Catherine and nothing was too much trouble.
Watermouth Castke was a good day out and you can return for £2.50 each. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park was a good day out. My favourite da
“Had a fantastic stay in Seaview cottage, Catherine and Bill were both lovely and extremely helpful. The games room and the pool were used a lot by both families as the weather wasn’t too good. We all loved the donkeys and the ponies too.
The beaches at Woolacombe were beautiful and the girls went on a beach hack from Mullacott riding stables which was fantastic. The staff were really helpful and friendly and the horses were all very well behaved and suitable for
“This our 3rd – we have bought each of our children and grandchildren since 2010. Each time we have had a wonderful time, the kids love the freedom and we love the views and the quiet.
Keep up the good work Bill and Kathryn , I am sure we will be back – ypu have a great place here, the new pool and games room are great.
Thank you for a lovely week
Honey Pot is a beautiful, compact cottage ideal for couples with a small child. Honey Pot is dog-friendly and fully equipped for a comfortable break in North Devon.
Primrose Lane cottage is a dog-friendly, compact cottage which has just been fully-refurbished to a high standard. Boasting a double bedroom, Primrose Lane cottage can sleep up to 3 with a put-up bed suitable for children.
Buttercup Cottage is an ideal cottage for families, especially those with fury members as its dog-friendly. Located in the courtyard, Buttercup cottage can sleep 4
Located in the courtyard, Honeysuckle Cottage is dog-friendly and ideal for families of up to 4.
Sea View cottage is a superb, dog-friendly holiday cottage with stunning view across the North Devon coast. Ideal for families of 5, Sea View has been fully refurbished to a high standard. The bedrooms have the amazing view across the Sterridge valley and the Bristol Channel to Wales
Sunalways Cottage is a spacious, family-friendly cottage sleeping 5 with beautiful views of the Sterridge valley. The vaulted ceilings give a large bright spacious living area
Fisherswood Cottage is a large and spacious cottage with beautiful vaulted ceilings. Sleeping up to 5 guests, Fisherswood Cottage has recently been refurbished to a high standard throughout.
Forest View Cottage is a large, spacious cottage ideal for large families. This cottage is dog-friendly and can sleep up to 6 guests.
Meadow Sweet is dog friendly and the largest cottage at Smythen Farm. Book this cottage early as its well sort-after for large families or 2 families sharing. Meadow Sweet boasts stunning views across the Sterridge Valley.